Cinemas Lose Legal Battle Over Pandemic Rent

By Sophia Dourou (July 28, 2022, 5:04 PM BST) -- A London appeals court has ruled that two movie theaters have to pay rent for the COVID-19 lockdown period, dismissing their argument that the government forced them to shut down as it enacted measures to control the pandemic.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a branch of the Cineworld chain and a Picturehouse cinema are liable for rent while they could not operate because of coronavirus restrictions. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Two branches of the Cineworld and Picturehouse cinema chains are liable for the rent on their premises for the period when they were unable to operate because of the coronavirus...

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